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03-28-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Single lense for flower & Kids photography?

Hi,
I am new to DSLR & currently using my tamron 18-200.

I am interested in Flower photography but not INSECT etc. I also want to take photos of my 2 year old daughter.

Can a single MACRO lense (Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm Macro f/2.8) will satisfy my both (Flower & Portrait requirement?

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Do I need to buy two separate lenses (One macro & one portrait)?


Thanks a lot
Sandy

03-28-2008, 07:54 PM   #2
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A 50 would definitely meet your purpose, especially if that's the FA 50 macro.
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How deep do you want to go into the flower? Depending on the lense, you can get close enough with a non-macro to get good flower shots.

These were all taken with a 16-45 zoom at 45mm. Really versatile lens.





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FA77 is pretty good for flowers if you don't wanna get super close. And it's great for kids photos too.

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Here are some kid & flower selections taken by both the 77ltd and da* 16-50. Both are great choices, IMO:


Picasa Web Albums - Jay - 77_1650_kidnf...



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Fa / DFA 50mm macro is an excellant lens to own for floral or casual shots.

I used Fa 77 ltd for floral close up and it is a good lens to use too.














Fa 77 ltd is very versatile.
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Hi All,
Thank you very much for all the replies. I really liked the forum. This is my first post & I received so much information.

I saw FA 77 & the sample photos. It is good lens but little bit expensive for me. (~77000 Yens here in Japan).

I forgot to mention that my main requirement is good depth-of-field. I want the background should be blurred when I take flower & kid photos (Low light conditions).

Also I will not be taking very close-up FLOWER photos.

Once again, thanks a lot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sandy Quote
Hi All,
Thank you very much for all the replies. I really liked the forum. This is my first post & I received so much information.

I saw FA 77 & the sample photos. It is good lens but little bit expensive for me. (~77000 Yens here in Japan).

I forgot to mention that my main requirement is good depth-of-field. I want the background should be blurred when I take flower & kid photos (Low light conditions).

Also I will not be taking very close-up FLOWER photos.

Once again, thanks a lot.
Sandy
Sounds like FA77 is the ONE for you Yes, it's expensive, but worth every penny imo. I'd rather get a good one in the first place, instead of buying something cheaper, then later on upgrade ...

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I love my 77, but you can't get particularly close to your subject if that is important. It is a stunning lens...but lack of quick shift focus can make it tricky for "kid" photography depending on the application.

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For kids, how wide do you want? I love my Sigma 28/1.8 for everything i've used it for so far. Razor sharp and an extremely useful 1:2.3 macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sandy Quote
Hi All,
Thank you very much for all the replies. I really liked the forum. This is my first post & I received so much information.

I saw FA 77 & the sample photos. It is good lens but little bit expensive for me. (~77000 Yens here in Japan).

I forgot to mention that my main requirement is good depth-of-field. I want the background should be blurred when I take flower & kid photos (Low light conditions).

Also I will not be taking very close-up FLOWER photos.

Once again, thanks a lot.
Sandy
Actually, if that's your purpose, then I think the DA 70 limited is a good choice to consider. It's fast enough for blurred background. I don't have one, but I know the DA 70 is as good as the FA 77.
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For flowers and street photography, I like the Pentax-F 35-70mm macro. This is a fairly inexpensive lens that gives good shots. Not a 1:1 macro, but great for close focus shots, and just right for portraits. You can get one on ebay for about $50.

Here's a few shots from my K100D and the F 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5.





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I agree with Roentarre, recommend a look at the DFA 50mm Macro lens. A great little lens that I feel would fill your needs very well. The Macro would be a bonus for your flower shots, when you have the urge to get just a little closer, which will happen with flowers.
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77ltd + 21fps?

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How about the 77ltd combined with the K20D's 21fps feature for capturing the bobbin', weavin' little devils?

Picasa Web Albums - Jay - K20d_21fps





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What about a tamron 28-75mm F2.8?

Have you considered a close focusing zoom like the tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di?

While not true macro, I note most of the shots here by people of flowere are not true macro either. True macro, 1:1 image size is really too close for most flowers, and the Tamron zoom would make a better all around lens than a 50mm macro, plus would at the long end be great for portraits
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